ICHCA International makes new senior appointment 

The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Steele as the new head of ICHCA International. He will take over the role with effect from 1st July 2021, on the retirement of the current postholder Richard Brough O.B.E.

Reporting directly to the board, Richard Steele will lead the organisation. ICHCA provides a focal point to help improve cargo handling throughout international supply chains as well as representing its members, and the cargo handling industry, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies as a recognised non-government organisation.

Richard is a safety and skills professional with a Masters in training and development who has been involved in the ports industry for over 21 years. He is currently the chief executive at Port Skills and Safety, an organisation that he has led for 11 years. Before PSS, Richard was the senior learning and development manager for Associated British Ports for 10 years.

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Richard’s capability to ICHCA. We are committed to extending ICHCA’s delivery and reach. Richard’s skills and experience will ensure that we move confidently forward. He has proven leadership and organisational management ability which will be invaluable to our future. The ICHCA board is very excited about the journey ahead as we continue to build on the exceptional work of our outgoing head, Richard Brough,” John Beckett; chairman ICHCA International.

Richard Steele said: “I am excited to join ICHCA at a time where there is real opportunity to build on the success of this internationally recognised and respected association and to create new value-add services and representation for our members.”

Commenting on Richard’s departure, David Brown chair PSS: “PSS are clearly sad to be losing Richard after 11 Years of outstanding service where he has really driven the agenda, with his team, for safer ports. However, we wish him every success as he moves into the international arena and with the comfort that our respective organisations will continue to strive for ever greater safety in the maritime sector”.